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THE PROGRAM The 39-credit Environmental Studies (ENVS) major allows students to link together courses from different departments in order to understand the scientific, ethical, social, and political aspects of the environment. All students take five required lower-division courses: • • •

ENVS 101-Introduction to Environmental Studies ENVS 102- Environmental Politics and Policy ENVS 200-Case Studies in Environmental Science.

One of the following: • ENVS 103- Human Ecology and Lab • BIOL 206-Ecology and Lab (for BIOL double-majors and BIOL minors) One of the following: • ENVS 104/L-Environmental Chemistry and Lab • CHEM 206/L-Inorganic Chemistry and Lab • CHEM 230/L-Organic Chemistry and Lab All students complete the program with two required upper-division courses: ENVS 358-Environmental Ethics and ENVS 499-Symposium in Environmental Studies (capstone course).

THE PASSION Based on the view that the natural world is crucial to human life, the Environmental Studies major seeks to foster an awareness of human interactions with the environment. The Environmental Studies major offers a diverse, integrated curriculum with offerings in the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities, complimented by an interdisciplinary introductory course and a capstone seminar. Set in the Inland Northwest among some of the most beautiful and important natural areas in North America, the Environmental Studies major at Gonzaga offers courses, speakers, and special events aimed at advancing an intellectual understanding of and practical solutions for environmental problems. Students then select their remaining five upperdivision courses from a wide array of choices, including: • • • • • • • • • • •

Ecological Thought and Politics Economics of Environmental Protection Environmental History of the Western United States Environmental Psychology Environmental Sociology Ethics of Eating Ethics of Global Climate Change North American Environmental Policy Politics of the Pacific Northwest History of Yellowstone Population and Society

The ENVS program also sponsors public lectures on environmental topics and offers students a broad set of opportunities for service learning, internships, and volunteer positions. Students also have opportunities to work with environmental community partners and collaborate with Gonzaga’s on-campus environmental organizations such as the Gonzaga Environment Organization (GEO), the Outdoor Adventure and Leadership themedinterest community in Marian Hall, and the Gonzaga Outdoors program.

THE POTENTIAL The Environmental Studies major is designed for anyone interested in environmental issues. Environmental Studies students have gone on to graduate school, law school, and careers in government and policy. Students completing the major have a wide range of career interests—both directly and indirectly related to the environment. Whatever career a student wishes to pursue, the Environmental Studies major is well suited for those interested in the relationship between humans and the natural world.



Julie Beckstead | Ph.D., University of Illinois | Professor of Biology | conservation biology, community ecology, and genetic modification |

Matthew Bahr | Ph.D., Purdue University | Associate Professor of Sociology | population and society |

Gregory Gordon | Ph.D., University of Montana | Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies | environmental history, the environmental movement, and environmental literature and nature writing | Brian Henning | Ph.D., Fordham University | Professor of Philosophy | environmental ethics and the ethics of global warming | Kevin Henrickson | Ph.D., Fordham University | Associate Professor of Economics | economics of environmental protection | Jonathan Isacoff | Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania | Director of Environmental Studies Program | Associate Professor of Political Science | environmental politics and policy, Middle Eastern politics | Michael Treleaven | Ph.D., University of Toronto | Associate Professor of Political Science | North American and Pacific Northwest environmental politics and Native American politics |

Andrea Bertotti Metoyer | Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago | Assistant Professor of Sociology | environmental sociology | Gary Chang | Ph.D., University of Washington | Assistant Professor of Biology | human ecology | Betsy Downey | Ph.D., University of Denver | Professor of History | history of Yellowstone | Joseph Haydock | Ph.D., Purdue University | Associate Professor of Biology | conservation biology and compartave physiology | Erica Johnson | Ph.D., University of Oregon | Assistant Professor of Economics | environmental economics | Hugh Lefcort | Ph.D., Oregon State University | Professor of Biology | ecology and wildlife management | Michael McBride | Ph.D., St. Louis University | Associate Professor of Psychology | environmental psychology | Joanne Smieja | Ph.D., University of Minnesota | Professor of Chemistry | environmental chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and organic chemistry | Jeff Watson | Ph.D., Purdue University | Assistant Professor of Chemistry | environmental chemistry and biochemistry |


David L. Boose | Ph.D., University of California, Davis | Associate Professor of Biology | conservation and evolutionary biology |

Environmental Studies - Academic Brochure, Gonzaga University